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How to Write an Undergraduate-Level Essay

If you're new to academic writing, the prospect of starting to research and write an academic essay can be intimidating. Before you start working on a specific paper, please view the resources linked below to receive an introduction to academic research and writing at RRU:

Now that you're ready to begin the process of writing a specific essay, this guide will take you step-by-step through the process of researching and writing a paper with resources, tips, and suggestions from both the Library and the Writing Centre. You can work through each step by using the "next" navigation on each page, or you can use the list below to jump into a particular topic. To begin, click on the first link below.

  1. Understand the assignment
  2. Create a preliminary plan for the document
  3. Research the topic
    1. Become familiar with information sources
    2. Select the appropriate search tool
    3. Develop effective searches
    4. Beyond keyword searching
    5. Evaluate your resources
    6. Read and absorb the information you find
    7. Use a citation manager to organize your research
    8. Find statistics
  4. Draft your thesis statement
  5. Double-check your research
  6. Create the final version of your document plan
  7. Start writing the first draft
  8. Overcoming writer's block
  9. Review the draft
  10. Edit the draft
  11. Prepare the final version
  12. Submit the assignment

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